“A Loving Table” and “Home Sweet Houseplant”

“A Loving Table: Creating Memorable Gatherings”

What do we like: Something to look forward to this spring. This beautiful book with over 300 color photographs tells the story of 34 women who share how they entertain with beautiful cutlery and lush floral arrangements. The 304-page book will be published in hardcover on April 19 (Kindle on March 15) by Gibbs Smith.

What does it do: It is written by Kimberly Schlegel Whitman of Dallas, lifestyle and entertainment expert and editor for Southern Living, and Shelley Johnstone Paschke of Wake Forest, Illinois, owner of a design business. The book presents different occasions organized by the 34 women who incorporate family traditions, including a festive lunch in the garden, a Mardi Gras brunch and a Mother’s Day brunch. The hardcover book will cost $55. More information is available at gibbs-smith.com.

“Home Sweet Houseplant: A Room-by-Room Guide to Decorating Plants”

What do we like: Do you feel the need for something lively and green in your home in the middle of winter? Indoor plants can help with this. In this book, author Baylor Chapman—founder of Lila B. Design, a San Francisco-based plant design studio—starts with the basics of plant selection and care.

What does it do: The book, part of a Workman Publishing series called Living with Plants, goes beyond simple plant care. Chapman shows the reader how to decorate with plants in every room of the house with unique design ideas and projects. The 125-page book sells for $12.95. Visit workman.com for more information.

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